Re: Extro IT Techies list?

From: Natasha Vita-More (
Date: Sat Jan 20 2001 - 09:58:37 MST

At 06:25 PM 1/21/01 +0930, Emlyn wrote:

>Once again, we see the considerable talents of the pop culture machine
>invested in creating deceptive, seductive nonsense that divorces us from the
>real past and the real world, when the real past and the real world offer
>wonders aplenty.

I don't think of pop culture as having been deceptive. If you mean the
culture of the 1960s, we were hardly interested in the type of machine you
refer to.

In the arts and culture, Pop Art fuzzed the lines between fine arts and
popular arts with rock music festivals and the musical "Hair" or the work
of Lichtenstein and Warhol which was more a reaction to the overly
seriousness of the Abstract Expressionists (Jackson Pollack, etc.). Pop art
used humorous ideas, the imagery of comic strips and every day items (coke
bottles, etc.) to express abstract formal relationships as a means to fuse
elements of popular culture and high culture and to dim the limits between
the two.

If anything, pop culture was more feisty in rejecting traditional bourgeois
lifestyles. A lot of good came out of those laid back days puffing pot and
dropping acid.

I do agree that there was a back to nature revival during this period which
eventually became aspects of new agers, but that was an afterthought. In
the 1960s, folks were massaging one another, exploring the feeling of being
free and letting their hair grow.

Someone else who was there on the sidelines, correct me if I'm wrong.


Natasha Vita-More
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